2017 Guild School

June 10–16, 2017     Maine Maritime Academy, Castine, Maine

The Guild School is held every June at The Maine Maritime Academy in Castine, Maine. It is an intensive week-long learning experience offering a wide variety of courses taught by exceptionally talented Artisans and Fellows of The Guild.


What is the Guild School? Pre-Register Class Information

2016 School Catalogue (pdf)

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What is the Guild School?

  • 33 instructors, all Artisans or Fellows of the Guild
  • 46 classes to choose from
  • six full days of classes
  • six to eight hours each day
  • a variety of classes for all skill levels
  • many different mediums
  • small classes
  • evening seminars
  • student and instructor exhibit
  • open house visits to other classes
  • minis, munchies and more sale night
  • live and silent auctions
  • lobster cookout
  • graduation night banquet and exhibit of class projects
  • over 200 miniaturists from more than 30 states and 10 other countries
  • a picture-perfect campus in a quaint, historical, coastal village
  • and more!

Guild School 2016 Slideshow

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Check out videos from past Guild Schools.

Pre-Register for Guild School

Download the pre-registration form now!

This is not a mysterious process. There are two types of registrations: regular and pre-registered. Here is how it goes.

The tuition for the 2017 Guild School is $1475 and is due April 1, 2017. This includes 36 hours of instruction, room, and meals.

Pre-Registration (June - October 7, 2016)

  • A deposit of $200, which is applied to the cost of your tuition, entitles you to an automatic mailing of the descriptive catalogue containing the courses and instructors being offered at the 2017 Guild School. Prior to this, only a listing of instructors and classes is available.
  • The deposit is non-refundable and cannot be applied to subsequent school years’ tuition in the event you are unable to attend in 2017.
  • The advantage of pre-registering is that it enables you to make your course selections sooner and quite possibly before a class is likely to fill up. Most of the students who attend the Guild School pre-register.
  • It does not guarantee you a position in your first-choice class if you happen to chose a class which is over-subscribed by our pre-registered students.
  • You will, however, be included in a lottery drawing of all pre-registered students which takes place in mid-November.
  • This lottery is what determines the order in which classes are assigned.
  • Anyone can pre-register on or before October 7, 2016.

Regular Registration (October 8, 2016 - May 1, 2017)

  • For registrations received after October 7, class assignments are made first-come, first-serve, and are based on availability – after the pre-registered students are placed according to the draw of the lottery.
  • The $200 deposit is non-refundable and cannot be applied to subsequent tuitions.
  • The advantage of regular registration is that the descriptive catalogue is available and you will know all about the classes being offer; whereas pre-registered students only have a listing.
  • Registration for classes ends on May 1. However, late registrations may be accepted based on the approval of the instructor(s) and the director.


If you must cancel, all the money you have paid to the Guild School, less $200 for administrative costs, is refundable upon cancellation through April 30. The cancellation fee is not applicable to any subsequent school’s tuition.

Cancellations received from May 1 through May 15 will receive a 50% refund. No refunds will be issued after May 15.

Unless otherwise stated, the materials fee is paid directly to the instructor prior to the start of school. This fee is refundable only if a cancellation is filled. A student who cancels does not receive any materials.

Some Other Key Points to Think About:

  • The final balance of the tuition is due April 1, 2017.
  • Registration and tuition payments (by check or credit card) can be made by mail, email, fax, or phone.
  • Pre-registration forms can be downloaded from the IGMA website.
  • After October 7, the full description and photos of the classes are posted on the website.



Barbara Davis
School Director
3485 North Main Street
Soquel, CA 95073-2211
Tel: (831) 464-4638 | Fax: (831) 465-0771